TypePad’s anti-spam package, which I am given to understand is fairly similar to the WordPress product Akismet “without the false positives problem,” as Kevin puts it has apparently gone troppo of late, which can’t possibly be fun for anyone.
There is, however, an amusing side effect. Nancy Friedman gets even funnier spam comments than I do, and has shared a few. I’ll just quote one:
If annoyance becomes stern when doing one or more of these of sentence, it may admit gibbousness.
I had no idea that stern annoyance affected the phases of the moon. (Princess Luna? Were you aware of this?)
And I can report that since the fall of 2008, Akismet has given me 150 false positives out of 51,000 total comments. Not perfect, but I can live with that. It helps, perhaps, that I look for repeat offenders in the IP list, and I’m not above banning entire subnetworks. (For instance, 93.182.*.* has thrown 24 different IPs at me in an effort to get in here.) So far, no one on the ban list has complained, which I consider a good sign.